A Pair of Vintage Chairs

I love nothing more than a pair of reupholstered vintage chairs. No matter what kind of space you have, it can always be updated with these little blasts from the past. I've got three sets in my house: mustard colored club chairs in my office, turquoise midcentury vinyl waiting room chairs in the dining room and a set of blue-gray barrel backs in my living room. I can't resist a good pair of vintage chairs. How about you?


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And here are some vintage chair pairs from my abode:









Mud Cloth

Bògòlanfini, otherwise known as mud cloth, is a handmade fabric from Mali traditionally dyed with fermented mud. Just like the Kuba cloth I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am seeing versions of this fabric everywhere. I love it. Some of it is the real deal, but most of it is a mud cloth-like reproduction being manufactured for mass distribution. Either way, I think the black and white designs are my favorite:


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I Love Bulk Trash

This weekend was bulk trash pick up in our neighborhood.  A friend of mine once told me that she rents a truck and prowls the fancy Dallas neighborhoods during bulk trash weekend.  I've heard of people scoring entire Restoration Hardware patio sets, beautiful Midcentry sofas in mint condition, pairs of Victorian wingback chairs, lucite console tables and more!

This weekend I scored two wooden rocking chairs from the bulk trash.  They needed a paint job, some new screws and a little wood glue.  I also found a door with little square windows.  It was damaged around the edges, but not so badly that it couldn't be repurposed.  I painted the name of our home on the glass panes and hung it from some rings and an "S" hook.  The weight of the door (this mother is heavy!) rests on the ground and the hooks keep it upright.  So, thank you bulk trash for the free spring update!












Dressing Up the Patio

Spring has arrived here in Dallas and one of the things on my To-Do list is to freshen up my back patio.  We spend all our time out there in the spring and its looking a little dingy and dusty.  Here are a few photos from my inspiration file to get my juices flowing!  Happy spring!

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Aged Perfection

I just finished the new issue of House Beautiful, which I look forward to reading every month.  I always find wonderful ideas to take away.  But I always feel a little put off when I see spread after spread of rooms which have been designed with all new furniture or completely refurbished furniture and fixtures.  Isn't it okay to have old, worn pieces in our homes anymore?  Of all the things in my home, the pieces I love most are worn, frayed and loved into aged perfection. 

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Very Cool Coffee Tables

If anyone has an extra one of these coffee tables just lying around, please send it on.  These coffee tables below kick all over my little Craigs-lister from 2009.  Just email for my address!

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And on a totally separate note... 

For those of you who have been following along in my weight lost journey via Smaller Sarah, I'm so excited to report that I'm down 36 pounds since June 1st!  I'm almost half way to my goal of losing 75 pounds by June of 2012!  You can't see it, but I'm doing a little victory dance.

Green Dining Chairs

I've got little shots of green all over my house, but I'm very tempted to go all out and surround my dining table with green green green.  I've been collecting photos for a while and thought you might enjoy seeing some of what I'm thinking.  The cool thing about this color is that it doesn't matter whether you choose a vintage or contemporary style and shape, it always looks contemporary and fresh.  What do you think?

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And as always, keep your eyes peeled at consignment shops and thrift stores...

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Color Cleanse

Sometimes I get a little bogged down with my favorite colors and I can't see past them.  This is when a color cleanse is in order.  Just say no to myopic color hoarding and live a little! 

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Oh, and P.S.  For those of you who are on the weight loss path with me over at Smaller Sarah, I'm so excited because I lost 4 pounds this week!  I'm finally back on track after a crazy month of ice cream and pediatric surgery!

The Home as Studio

The photo below of John Lennon and Yoko Ono quietly writing together in a communal space got me thinking about transitional rooms that provide a haven for creative pursuits.  When designing my own home, it is my goal that almost every room be at the ready for a painting project, journal entry, quiet reading or some other creative endeavour.  I love when rooms call out for creative play and thoughtful art. 


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Natural Fibers

I've always loved the look of a woven grass ottoman or a natural sisal rug.  I've always had something woven and natural in my home, starting with my childhood bedroom, through my first apartments and now in my family home.  It doesn't matter where you use it - a little sisal something can be incorporated in your home as rugs, as pillows, as containers, as chairs and more. 

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Dinner Party

This April, I have two intimate dinner parties planned for two very different groups.  I love having people over for a meal.  First off, it forces me to clean my house.  (Tip: invite people over more often and your house will be cleaner!)  Second: I love the way the house smells when I've been cooking all day!  Third: Its always exciting bring new people together and strengthen the social bones of our community.


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Emerald and Blue

I think the most serene and oceanic color pairing I see these days is emerald green and blue - any shade of blue seems to work.  Sometimes the colors are really obvious and provide the base for a room, but other times, its merely a whisper of green and blue.  These colors look good on everyone and therefore, around everyone.  I would love to find a green velvet sofa like the one pictured last.  Has anyone seen something like this around?

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P.S. The new Lonny Magazine comes out today! 

Boho Loveseat

These little boho loveseats have just enough room for two. Perfect for sharing a cup of coffee, a clove cigarette, iPod ear buds and kisses.  (Smoking inside? Ew.)

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And I'd also like to direct your attention to A Perfect Gray, where Donna has teamed up with Splendid Willow to bring you an awesome giveaway.  Go HERE to enter and win a pair of these beautiful rain boots. Good luck!